What to see in the Italian capital for veteran visitors to Rome.
Rome’s brand new MAXXI complex, or National Museum of XXI Century Arts, opened at the end of May after much anticipation. Not surprisingly, Rome has been all about conservation and locals are used to the ancient rather than the modern, but this Zaha Hadid designed building, transformed from a former army base, has caused massive interest and the consensus is that it has added a new dimension to the Italian capital.
The complex has taken over ten years to come to fruition at a cost of nearly €150 million. The permanent collection is relatively small, with around 300 pieces displayed, but the interior space is spectacular and the museum has so far proved to be a great success. Initial free admission aroused such interest, with 50,000 online applications for tickets, that it had to be suspended.
Three months on and as summer draws to an end, it’s a great time to take in this new addition to one of Europe’s most visited cities. Go to www.fondazionemaxxi.it for online tickets and information about what’s on. The museum, on Via Guido Reni, 4 A, is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am-7pm, with late closing on Thursdays at 10pm. Admission costs €11.